Sawit Watch: Expansion of Outsourcing Would Discriminate the Female Workers

Sawit Watch: Expansion of Outsourcing Would Discriminate the Female Workers

InfoSAWIT, BOGOR – The draft to revise Laws No.13 / 2003 about Labors is happening now. The government thought that the Laws needs improvement to adjust with the work situation. Minister of Labor even said that the regulation about labors in Indonesia is like ‘dry duster’. He even told that the world economy wants flexibility in the labor circumstance. Meanwhile Asosiasi Pengusaha Indonesia (Apindo) said that the revision of Laws of Labors is one way to raise the industries nationally.  Sawit Watch noted some points that the stakeholders need to revise, such as, the increasing salary in every two years, the expansion of outsourcing, the numbers of fee, and the work contract time.

Executive Director of Sawit Watch, Inda Fatinaware does not agree with the outsourcing expansion for there would be not certainty for the labors namely the female in palm oil plantation sector. “In palm oil plantations, the female labors (workers) are exploited in the precariate system of work. They have no certainty to work, are mostly free – lance, have no protection of work or when being sick because of work, un-humanized work target, abuse of work status and salary less than what is regulated,” she recently said in the official statement to InfoSAWIT.

Meanwhile, Labor Specialist, Sawit Watch , Zidane told that the free-lance work takes place in palm oil plantations in Indonesia for most of them are female, the wives of the male labors and the people around the plantations. The female labors should spray, fertilize, clean the areas, pick the seeds, and others and ironically, these are not taken as the main works in the plantations. They are hired without no documentation, not officially listed in the local labor agency. These run for too long or for tens of years and they could not be hired without compensation at all in any occasion,” he said.

He also mentioned that the expansion of outsourcing as the stakeholders proposed would prolong the vulnerability of the female labors in the palm oil plantations. They (free-lance) would be the labors for years to go.

“We thought, the expansion of outsourcing would legitimate the discriminatory of the female labors, legitimate the abuse of the permanent work to the female,” he said. (T2)


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